• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | ZZ Top, Brown Sugar

Maar liefst éénenvijftig jaar in dezelfde bezetting! ZZ Top blijft ook na het overlijden van bassist/zanger Dusty Hill (28/06/2021) haar status als legende behouden én doorgaan met guitar tech Elwood Francis als vervanger. Brown Sugar (zoek zelf maar uit waar het over gaat) is het tweede nummer op de band's allereerste album, passend ZZ Top's First Album genoemd. Het ding zette meteen de toon voor hun jarenlange carrière. De humor/knipogen, de attitude, de smeltkroes van blues, boogie en southern rock, ... het spatte er meteen vanaf. Het nummer is ook een mainstay tijdens hun liveshows. Geen betere song om RAW mee af te trappen. RAW verschijnt op 22 july via Shelter Records.

Luister ook naar: Brown Sugar (origineel)


“Brown Sugar” was a key cut on the very appropriately titled ZZ Top’s First Album that was released in January of 1971. Available Friday, March 25, “Brown Sugar” is the opening track on RAW, which itself is an homage to the band’s early days. ZZ Top’s “Brown Sugar,” penned by Billy F Gibbons, should not be mistaken for the Rolling Stones song of the same title, the latter of which was actually released three months after ZZ Top’s First Album.

RAW was recorded and filmed for the Grammy-nominated Netflix documentary, "That Little Ol’ Band From Texas", in the intimate setting of the famed Texas honky-tonk, Gruene Hall between Austin and San Antonio. The historic venue dates to 1878 and has been in continuous use as the oldest, continually operating joint in the state. Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and the late Dusty Hill gathered there to record in a spare, bare bones way and the result of those efforts is “Brown Sugar” along with eleven additional tracks that comprise the RAW tune stack.

When the three members of ZZ Top gathered at Gruene Hall, they were in each other’s line-of-sight, making for a very organic recording session, part of which is seen in the film. RAW, the totality of their efforts there, will be available on 180-gram vinyl, CD and through digital platforms. The album was produced by Billy F Gibbons, engineered by Jake Mann and G.L. G-Mane Moon and mixed by Ryan Hewitt. The album is issued “in righteous memory” of Dusty Hill who passed away last year.

Gibbons commented, “‘Brown Sugar’ has been sweetening our concert sets for many decades now, so it seemed like the right song to kick off RAW. The Gruene Hall session was a satisfying return to our roots and a very special circumstance that we’re delighted to share with the friends and fans who have stuck with us all this time.”

In connection with the release of RAW, ZZ Top has announced their RAW WHISKY TOUR, a major (50+ dates) North American tour that launches at the end of May and continues through the summer and into the fall. The tour’s title is derived from both their new album and their new ZZ Top Tres Hombres Whisky offered from Balcones Distilling recently launched in Texas. Confirmed RAW WHISKY TOUR dates may be found at zztop.com